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How to make outdoor activities questions and answers more popular?

I have a german website about vacation rentals. Does anybody knows if it is allowed to link https://outdoors.stackexchange.com or other websites, without any permissions?
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What, exactly, happened to The Base Camp and all the other Chat Rooms?

What, exactly, happened to The Base Camp and the other chat rooms? The Base Camp, which I followed regularly, disappeared in the wake of The Mess. I saw no incitement to riot or other bad behavior in ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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What happened to the star feature to indicate a question that one really liked?

Way back when, one could click on a star to mark a question that one really liked. Now there seems to be just a bookmark feature. Is the star gone? Bookmarking is not the same thing at all. One ...
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Photo Contest Starts Again

Community photo contests are happening again :) 2020 - May - Birds Come join the fun!
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Propose creating a new-york-state tag?

(I lack the rep to create tags.) I noticed there was no tag applicable to NY State in the US, though there are for some other states (eg georgia). NY is home to the Adirondacks, Catskills, a portion ...
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I think it's time to pack up and leave

The new site is up and running, an explanation of how to claim your content can be found here I am sure most of you are familiar with "The Mess" and how people have started building alternatives. ...
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What is status of efforts that were started during The Mess to create a new patform for some of the sites?

During the height of THE MESS there was enthusiam for creating a new platform, independent of SE, to which sites dismayed by the treatment of Monica, among other issues, could emigrate. What is ...
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Are questions specific to sailing on topic? [duplicate]

I encountered this question just now: What's the hardest wearing multibraid rope type? and I wonder about a comment that was made on that question: yes sailors or boaters have attempted many ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

You lost your “beta” label in 2019, so welcome to your very first edition of Community Promotion Ads, for the year of 2020! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-...
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I don't understand why the question about an eagle and a young goat is off-topic

Why is the question about an eagle carrying off a young goat to its nest off-topic? If the question had been about an eagle carrying off a small child from a campsite, or a small dog from a trail, ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Request for Thoughts on What to do Now: pros and cons of staying or leaving

SE and Monica have arrived at an agreement, which I find beyond disappointing but not surprising. But I respect whatever Monica decides. Yesterday, I asked for my account on SE Meta to be deleted. ...
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Are questions about “location which has the best X” on topic?

Suppose I want to know what the best location in the world, or in some region, is. Naturally, I am using some objective definition for "best", to make sure the question has an answer. For example, ...
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Community Promotion Ads?

Does our non-beta status change how our Community Promotion Ads work? A new post at DBA.se got me wondering if we should do something simular. Looks like we did something in 2018 Suggest community ...
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In support of TGO's moderators on hiatus

I encourage everyone here to take a look at the proposed Day of Silence which some frustrated StackExchange participants will be observing for 24 hours, starting tonight at midnight (Eastern Standard ...
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Want to post a photo on this month's contest, BUT

I want to post a photo on this month's contest, OOPS, but to my shame, I don't know how. Actually, I've had decent photos for all the contests, but it is just now that I have decided to ask for help. ...
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Why downvote/VTD certain variations on similar answers?

On this question from 2012, most of the answers are essentially the same: suggesting minor variations on a similar solution. None provide sources other than personal experience. Today another two ...
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The relevance of the current “moderation/community incident(s)” in SE to TGO

I just got such into heaps of written material over a mod being sacked by SE recently and towards the end stumbled over a post by @RoryAlsop (https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/334095/295537): tl;dr -...
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Photo Competition: October - OOPS

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest. Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you. All entries should include ...
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Photo Competition: September - Water

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest. Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you. All entries should include ...
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Editing (approving edits) of old questions for minor changes

I am certain we discussed this before, but I can't find it (probably comments only, please edit or comment if you find such previous questions): When tags on a question get changed, it gets bumped to ...
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Why is there no close reason for 'off topic'?

I found the next question: Any experience in Street Marketing? However, I wanted to close it since it's about coffee shop marketing, and not related to great outdoors. What reason should I have used ...
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Why deleted - How can I tie flashlight to car's passenger side mirror?

I don't get why https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/22963/18558 was closed AND deleted. If you delete, how can others see bob1's useful answer with six upvotes? Even if you don't like, can you still ...
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What is our policy on creating new tags?

A relatively new user has created the tag fins. Ordinarily I would not notice this, or much care, but he has twice edited a question of mine to add his new tag, which I have twice rejected. See ...
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Why are there every day so many questions in the “new question list” which are years old but recently modified?

I'm wondering why there are so many "modified" questions in the list? In my opinion that's kinda annoying and makes it difficult/annoying to find the real new questions. Wouldn't it be better not ...
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How on the web or on this exchange can one find homemade / modified / custom wilderness technology?

Looking for websites, exchanges etc where people who have created or substantially modified outdoor technology for their own purposes share it, preferably in enough detail to allow others to comment ...
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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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Photo Competition: August - Activity

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest. Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you. All entries should include ...
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What do we think about Rules-of-the-Sport questions?

I have been contemplating this question: Sailing rules within three boat length circle and the comments on it. I may be overlapping a bit with this older meta Which sports need to be discussed?, but ...
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Photo Competition: July - Close up

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest. Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you. All entries should include ...
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What do we do if the photo contest ends in a tie?

There are only 10 days left in the June photography contest, and there is now, and has been for about a week, a tie for first place. What do users think we should do if the tie persists to the end of ...
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How much narrower does the question about boat docks need to be to in order to be reopened?

This question about boat docks was closed as too broad. This is the original version before it was closed or edited. What needs to be added to make it narrow enough to be reopened? Season of the ...
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Photo Competition June: Baby or Juvenile Animals in TGO

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest** Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you All entries should include ...
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Why are people VtCing the Question about Backpacking Trails in NW Washington

This question asks about backpacking trail in Northwest Washington state in early June. The OP is concerned about finding a trail that is not impassable because of snow. He is not asking about a ...
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Site activity is on a downward trend

By running this query and comparing the first 4 months of this year to the same months in past years, a downward trend in activity becomes apparent. Of all these the downward trend in votes, users, ...
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What is happening with the recent massive loss of upvotes affecting many users?

@Charlie Brumbaugh raised this question on Chat a few days ago. He tallied a recent loss of upvotes involving 15 users losing a total of 3,379 votes. To that add another user (me) losing 205 upvotes ...
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Is Interest Waning in the Photography Contest?

The last two photography contests have had many fewer entries than the first several -- campsite, 6; homemade gear only 3 so far. Is interest intrinsically waning, or are there other reason(s), for ...
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Photo Competition: May - Do It Yourself Outdoor Gear

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest. Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you. All entries should include ...
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Ecology and Ecologism

There is an Area51 Proposal Ecology and Ecologism I think several of the questions there potentially work here. The proposal is approaching failure (a couple of days before it gets closed) Some of ...
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Add a Moderator?

TGO currently has 3 moderators. all of them are also moderators on other sites. Most of them are not very active at TGO. None seem to have the time for basic tasks like Renaming Tags There is ...
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Preliminary data on how the Hot Network Question list affects this site's scores and views

Since getting onto the HNQ now generates a database entry, it's possible to see how that affects scores and views and so I thought I would put together some statistics on how it works. I am going ...
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Photo Competition: April - At Home in The Great Outdoors

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest. Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you. All entries should include ...
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Tag rename request: balay-stance -> belay-stance

There's a typo in the tag name balay-stance. Could a mod rename it to "belay-stance" please?
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Use of [shooting] and [guns]

These two tags seem very similar: shooting: Shooting is the act or process of firing firearms. Use this tag for questions relating to the shooting for sport or shooting for hunting purposes. guns: ...
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Unhelpful top answer

I have no idea why "a Specific answer" is getting upvoted so much, to the point that it is now the top answer. It does not provide a practical solution to the question but only offers a humorous intro ...
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Are “what are the uses of <natural element>?” questions acceptable here?

I asked this question What are uses of red spruce (picea rubens) by humans in a wilderness, primitive, or frontier setting? and have more like it in mind. Before I post more questions like that, I ...
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Should we create a canonical question for all types of “Is doing X safe” questions?

My questions is prompted by but not limited to Do you think that camping is safe? How to stay safe while camping with my little daughter It's a common and understandable question, but they correctly ...
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Photo Competition: March - Fauna

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest. Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you. All entries should include ...
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Redacting images on deleted posts

Personally I sort answer by newest on questions. On the question What animal could strip all the bark off the lower 7 feet of this tree? there were multiple new NOT answers that contained images and ...

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